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Arraignment postponed for man accused in parents' deaths

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Double murder charges were filed Wednesday against a 22-year-old man accused of gunning down his parents in their home in the Sunset Cliffs area of Point Loma, but his arraignment was postponed until Jan. 7 to give the defense time to assess his mental competency.

Peter David Haynes is charged in the deaths last Friday of 62-year-old David Ellis Haynes and 61-year-old Lissa Danielle Haynes. He also faces special circumstance allegations of lying in wait, murder during a burglary and multiple murders, which could result in the death penalty if he's convicted.

The defendant was arrested several hours after gunfire rang out in the home on Tarento Drive near Santa Barbara Street.

His father -- who had worked as an emergency room physician in Yuma, Ariz., for 20 years -- called 911 about 3:10 a.m. last Friday. A dispatcher heard gunshots as the victim asked for help shortly before the line was disconnected, according to San Diego police Lt. Paul Rorrison.

Officers sent to the home found David and Lissa Haynes mortally wounded. Doctors at UC San Diego Medical Center were unable to save them, Rorrison said.

Peter Haynes was armed with a handgun when he was arrested walking away from the crime scene about 7:45 a.m., police said.

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